For those moaning about the cuts in Universal credit

James Bond
2 min readOct 8, 2022


This is a message for those in the UK moaning about the cuts to universal credit. The £20 rise in universal credit was a temporary measure and over 6 months equates to £520 as this video shows.

So consider this. The UK government is giving two payments of £325 over the next 6 months to the following people. (2)

You may get a payment of £650 paid in 2 lump sums of £326 and £324 if you get payments of any of the following:

  • Universal Credit
  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Income Support
  • Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Working Tax Credit

The payment will be made separately from your benefit.

So let's look at the maths.

Over the next 6 months, many people are getting 2 payments of £325 (=£650) and £400 (3) directly to your energy company. That means you are getting £1050 over 6 months. Consider someone on the minimum wage of £9.18 per hour which works out to £19094.40 per year.

That equates to a 5% pay rise and is under review. If they repeat it next year then you’ll be getting a 10% pay rise.

Many businesses cannot afford to give more than a 1% pay rise so this is quite generous.


  1. How do the Tories sleep at night?
  2. Cost of Living Payment
  3. £400 energy bills discount to support households this winter